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performance-enhancing drugs. >> as neal karlinsky reports, armstrong described cheating as part of his job. >> reporter: even though we knew it was coming, hearing lance armstrong saying it out loud was surreal. >> did you ever blood dope or use blood transfusions to enhance your cycling performance? >> yes. >> in all seven of your tour de france victories, did you ever take banned substances or blood dope? >> yes. >> reporter: so, why admit it now? armstrong blamed the momentum of his own story. >> this is too late. it's too late for probably most people. and that's my fault. you know, i've used this situation as one, big lie that i repeated a lot of times. >> lance armstrong just
confirmed he's tour de france win. >> reporter: the icon who transcended sports, hung around with movie stars and world leaders. the one that told the world, year after year, that he was clean. and anyone who said otherwise was just out to get him. >> i have never doped. i've never taken performance-enhancing drugs. my best defense is i never tested positive. >> reporter: he didn't just lie to supporters, fans, and cancer survivors, he lied under oath, too. armstrong is accused of running up a doping bill experts pegged at over $1 million. >> the story's gone on so long. you win the disease. you win the tour de france seven times. a happy marriage, children. it's this mythic, perfect story. >> reporter: his biggest hope, will earn him something he is in short supply of right now, sympathy. but his performance may not have helped. i'm neal karlinsky, in new york. >> armstrong denied claims by
former teammates that he ordered the use of banned substances. part two of his talk with oprah airs tonight. we turn to the latest chaotic developments in the hostage situation in algeria, a day after algerian forces swooped down on militants, it's not clear how many lives were lost. we do know, however, this morning, that at least five americans are among the survivors. and abc's tahman bradley, joining us live with more. good morning, tahman. >> reporter: good morning, paula. a u.s. surveillance drone is now hovering over the gas compound in the algerian desert where the hostages were being held. but details of the assault, still trickling in. there's widely-conflicting reports on how many captives and kidnappers were killed, from a handful to several dozen. the u.s. believes a number of hostages are still inside this morning. and the british prime minister warns there could be more
bloodshed. the al qaeda-linked terrorists were holding hostages from ten countries. the u.s. and other governments were not told about the rescue operation ahead of time. and with information coming out, being described as murky, it could be some time before we get a clearer picture of the situation on the ground. >> that situation, very fluid. tahman bradley, live in washington this morning. thank you, tahman. and president obama is mobilizing his campaign apparatus in the gun control debate. after unveiling his proposals wednesday, mr. obama is pressuring congress with a new online petition. it seeks support for universal background checks and other reforms. one virginia state lawmaker went dramatic. brandishing an ak-47 yesterday, while urging a support for a ban on assault weapons. it was unloaded. and his bill was defeated. washington gearing up for a full weekend of inaugural events. security has been cranking up as practice for all of the major happenings take place tomorrow. mr. obama, vice president biden
and their wives taking part in service events across washington. they will be sworn up on sunday, before monday's ceremonial swearing in at the capitol. a scare for an alaskan airlines flight overnight. fighter jets were scrambled after reports of a possible hijacking. those jets escorted the 737 to sea-tac airport. someone called the honolulu office. across the country at miami's airport, two massive airliners clipping each other at the gate, damaging both planes. an airbus arriving from argentina, touched the 777 leaving for paris. none of the 600 people onboard those 2 planes were hurt. the aurora, colorado, theater, where 12 people were shot and killed is reopening to the public today for the first time since that massacre. it's showing movies free of charge over the weekend. last night, survivors of the
shooting and those who lost loved ones were invited to attend a special evening of remembrance. and people across the south are looking forward to a calmer and drier day, after getting slammed by a rare snowstorm. parts of mississippi, you don't see this often, got up to four inches of snow, twice as much as their normal total for the entire season. and the mountains of west virginia, 15 inches. slick roads brought traffic to a standstill in alabama and triggered accidents in several states. >> my goodness. let's look at more weather across the nation. dense fog in the pacific northwest. light snow from fargo to marquette, michigan. western new york and the cape cod area. showers for much of florida. 10 to 20 degrees warmer than normal from chicago to los angeles. >> mostly 30s in the northeast. and 50s from atlanta to new orleans. when we come back, a sneak peek at the first new look for american airlines planes in 45 years. and then, a dollar here. a dollar there. the new atms that kick out ones,
welcome back, everyone. a couple of big economic reports are both going in the right direction. home construction is way up, with new building jumping more than 12% in december, from the month before. it is the fastest pace for housing starts in more than four years. the number of people seeking unemployment benefits is way down. falling to a five-year low last week. and wall street cheering that double-dose of good news. the dow industrial hitting a
five-year high during trading on thursday. the s&p 500 closing at its highest level since december of 2007, up more than 0.5% for the day. maybe we can start looking at our 401(k)s. >> maybe. with this 787 dreamliner under the microscope and grounded around the world, u.s. safety officials and boeing will take part in the investigation. boeing says it will keep building the jets while the investigation is going on. and american airlines is giving its fleet of jets the first new look in 45 years. american unveiling its new logo and look on thursday. american is working to come out of their bankruptcy and weighing its options, including a possible merger with u.s. airways. nice look. >> interesting. i'll say that. >> little retro. looks like the new england patriots. >> do we really have to talk about the patriots? >> sorry. wondering how much a house
is worth is a popular guessing game. but have you ever played it with 1600 pennsylvania avenue? well, zillow did. they pegged it at $295 million, up 7% in the four years since president obama moved in. zillow figures the place would rent for $1.75 million per month. >> per month? >> that's their estimate. >> if it was in new york, it would be triple that. here's some numbers that are easier to fallow. atms that can crank out a $1 and $5 bill, with chase banks. it can give customers an exact amount in exact denominations they want. it's part of chase's move to have the atms do what tellers used to do. >> you want singles or some fives. >> especially when you have $4 in your checking account. can't take out a $20. when we come back, energy drink blowback.
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from philadelphia. police have made an arrest in a brutal subway attack. a man was caught on surveillance tape throwing a woman on to the tracks. >> in the disturbing video of the mid-afternoon assault earlier this week, the man is scene approaching this 23-year-old woman, punching her and then dragging her. no train was coming at the time. she managed to climb off the tracks on her own and was not seriously injured. >> police did not make the video public at first, fearing it might jeopardize leads in that case. also captured on tape, a dangerous and violent robbery of a brinks armed guard in florida. on the tape, you see the guard outside the bank, looking at the approaching robbers, holding up his hands. the robbers force him to the ground, take the money and run off. the guard is going to pull off his gun. he begins to shoot. the getaway car was later found with bullet holes and blood inside. but the thieves are still on the loose. still, nonetheless, that guard has pretty good aim. >> man, that was great.
we could have new details about the bizarre internet hoax involving manti te'o. plenty of people wondering why he didn't reveal the whole thing sooner? and while abc's josh elliott reports, that's not the only question still swirling. >> reporter: was te'o really duped into believing he was having an online love affair that would turn tragic? he called lennay kekua the love of his life, saying her death had happened within hours of his grandmother's, one day before the big game. a narrative he was all too willing to share, in apparent pain. >> when you have somebody that you talk to every single day, that you sleep with on the phone, because she's -- she's going through a lot of things, and all of a sudden, it hits silence. that silence really eats at you. >> reporter: we now know that lennay kekua never existed. but glaring questions still remain. notre dame officials say the
relationship was exclusively online. so, why then did te'o's father reportedly tell one paper his son had met kekua years ago after a game at stanford, and they they'd spent time together in hawaii? and why, even after te'o informed school officials of the hoax back in december, did no one set the record straight? while across social media and the twitterverse, the mystery spawned a new meme. te'o-ing. people posting pictures embracing imaginary friends. but from te'o, seen here, nothing but silence. a young man, about whom we once seemingly knew so much and now, about what matters most, seemingly nothing at all. josh elliott, abc news, new york. the day after he won the lottery, the day he sent the check, will be exhumed today. urooj khan won nearly $500,000. he died the day after he cashed that check. further testing will be done on his body to try to find out exactly what happened. the city of chicago famously
tried to ban foie gras. now, a crackdown on energy drinks. the city council is proposing a ban on the energy drinks. it doesn't just apply to minors. it applies to everybody. if the measure is approved, retailers could be fined up to $500 and lose their license. now, sports. at long last, the nhl season getting under way tomorrow with nearly all of the league's 30 teams in action. as for last night's hoops action, we get those highlights from espn. >> lebron james and the miami heat taking on kobe bryant and the l.a. lakers at the staples center. and lebron decides to battle in from downtown. stop at the key. heaves up three. and he has 39, a season-high for lebron. kobe bryant shot 8 for 25 from the field. but he drains a three-pointer off the pass from pau gasol.
five minutes to play. tied at 83-83. lebron is going to find ray allen on the wing. that's smooth. puts the heat up by three. under three to play. lakers down. and bryant hits another three-pointer, tying the game. 23rd-straight 20-point game, as he finishes with 22. lebron is going to knock down the jumper. the heat win 99-90. lebron had 66. blake griffin keeping things cool as the clippers take on the timberwolves. beautiful finish here. this is what he does best. goes around a defender. reverse dunk. he has 20 points. t-wolves down six. luke ridnour from the corner. ridnour had 21 points. in the fourth quarter, touchdown pass from lamar to griffin, easy slam. and in the fourth quarter, once again, clippers up ten.
crawford's going to drain the three and finish with 22 points. the clippers, 12-1, when he leads the team in scoring. crawford had this dish to eric bledsoe. the 90-77 victory for the clippers. have a great friday. >> friday, doesn't that sound great? >> sounds great. up next, "the pulse." we'll show you a different michelle obama, rocking a new look for her 49th birthday. what just happened to those kids who were begging for a puppy? we'll find out. puppy? we'll find out. a whole new level online. it ctrating. it's hard to turn off and go back to sleep. intermezzo is the first and only prescription sleep aid approved for use as needed in the middle of the night when you can't get back to sleep. it's an effective sleep medicine you don't take before bedtime. take it in bed only when you need it and have at least four hours left for sleep. do not take intermezzo if you have had an allergic reaction to drugs containing zolpidem, such as ambien.
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that sounds good, doesn't it in it is 4:28. thank you for joining us, everyone, i am kristen sze. >> hand sanitizer, mike, has the forecast. >> good morning, here is live doppler 7 hd and the story continues of the dry air that is sitting on us. the chilly area, too, with temperatures in the 30's and 40's. we have another "spare the air" day with the north bay and marin county, most of the peninsula, you will find the poorest air quality. the east bay, the south bay and santa clara valley under "spare the air" but the air quality may not be so bad. this afternoon, a lot of sunshine and temperatures are in the 60's. it will be above average day. sue? >> it is light this morning. zero dark thirty. no one is on the golden gate bridge. if you are coming to the city now is a good time.
it is fog free. we have road work on the waldo, both directions northbound and southbound coming up the grade. otherwise, nice flow of traffic from antioch and the westbound direction of highway 4, no problems here and no road work this morning eastbound. a good drive both directions. road work on the waldo grade is out there until 6:00 this morning. the bright lights the road workers need are blinding so take extra caution if you are driving through the work zone. kristen and eric? >> the morning after disgraceed cyclist lance armstrong admitted spinning a big lie critics say he cannot go far enough. he confessed to doping in an interview with oprah but he did not admit what has critics speaking out. >> a critic, an author who wrote a book about doping says he is still lying when he says he did
not force the teammates to dope and he told oprah he was a team leader and hud have led by example but everyone had a choice. >> the basics are that oprah asked if he was doping during the seven tour de france wins and high answered "yes." he took responsibility for the coverup calling himself arrogant and a jerk but he talked of the culture of cycling and he was not the only one who was cheating. >> i am not here to talk about others in the generation. it is well documented. i didn't invent the culture. but i didn't try to stop the culture. that is my mistake. that is what i have to be sorry for. the sport is now paying the price because of that so i am sorry for that. >> something else he is sorry for calling other people, even friends, liars, those would question or accused him of doping. >> there are legal